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Penn Weizen | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Penn WeizenPenn Weizen

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Authentic wheat beer, brewed in the Southern German tradition, won the Silver Medal in 1997 and the Gold Medal at the 2000 in Denver, Colorado. Penn Weizen is top-fermented, cask-conditioned, and very effervescent with a slight hint of tangy clove flavor.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a cloudy amber color with modest white head that quickly dissapeared. Smell is magnificent. The mixture of cloves, spices and corriander is perfect.The taste is even better than I expected. This has to be the perfect hefe weizen taste sensation. The taste it leaves in the mouth is so enjoyable as to be unbelieveable. Sio easy to drink I'd be afraid to leave it in the house because I would never want to drink anyhting else. This is as close to the perfect beer I've ever tasted. Words can not describe it.

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Photo of eclectic
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with minimal head that is gone nearly as quickly as it came.. Smells of spicy clove with banana and yeast in the background.. fairly carbonated (which surprised me after the lack of head during the pour and near water like appearance in my glass).. tastes like it smells.. a bit heavy on the spicy yeast flavors.. could use a little more citrus to balance it out. mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but acceptable.. goes down easy.. slightly better than your average domestic weizen.

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Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun golden cloudy body. White head that starts out big and agressive but dissipates quickly, no lace but seems well carbonated.
Invitingly fresh scent of sweet clover honey, pumpkin and faint bananas with a shot of alcohol and spice.
Some apricot and cherry in the taste which gives way to your classical weizen flavors of sweet spiced pumpkin and banana.
Decent mountfeel, some astringency and yeast grain. Coating not too much or weak.
Good drinkability, true to the style and an enjoyable beer. Thanks to Weeare138 for the bottle.


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Photo of Illinick
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: The first thing that hits you is the great color of the beer. Pours out deeper in hue then some hefe-weizens. Pale, cloudy yellow/orange tint with nice white head and good head retention throughout. Good climbing carbonation-really a great beer to look at.
Smell: No surprise here: definite banana, clove with a hint of citrusy vanilla mixed in.
Taste: Great tasting hefe with all the essential flavors: banana, citrus, and complex wheat/hay/earthy spice taste to it.
Mouthfeel: Great on the palate, seemed to be a little heavier than most hefe, which is fine by me.
Drinkability: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable, can definately enjoy a few at a nice summer bbq.
Notes: An exceptional Hefe from a great brewery. You can really notice the German/Bavarian style brewing used.

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy, golden yellow with tons of carbonation and a fluffy 2 finger head that only settles into a half inch head for the entire duration. Plenty of sticky citrus, banana, and vanilla esters are present. Tastes pretty good. Creamy and smooth with a zesty citrus flavor that leaves a semi-dry linger on the back of the tongue and palate. It parachutes evenly starting from the middle of the tongue and ending up on all corners. Very nice Bavarian brew from a true German style brewery in western Pennsylvania.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Milky bright lemon. Big cloud of stark white bubbles builds up quickly. Stays pretty bubbly with a moderate creamy hazing. Slowly creeps down to an always present thick layer of foam. Not much in the lacing though, just a few spots is all.

Aroma is two parts lemon bubble gum, one part banana, one part yeasty spice, and dashed with medium leveled clove.

Great mild and firm flavors with a nice banana display over light wheat and sweet malts. Lemon wedges play arcoss the middle. Yeasty grabs picks up from there but maintains a nice mild tone as it sifts off the finish with touches of clove and a backwash of banana. Stays a bit spicy for a stint in a returning burst very late.

Feel is close to medium with a few lighter areas in the front. Stays mild yet hearty with a smoother then average carbonation for a hefe. Which I didn't mind one bit. I tend to like a lesser volume of zip to my hefes. And since its more to my liking in that regards it really goes down without much effort. That: plus the flavors are well balanced and milding. This is one hefe I could drink a few of.

Thanks to PA BA weeare138 for the samples!

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep yellow color with an orange tint. Smell of citrus and a little spice. Taste of citrus but i don't get the banana that other people seem to detect. Highly carbonated mouthfeel. Could drink a few of these on a hot summer day. A nice beer from Pennsylvania Brewing Co.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no apparent freshness date. Big bubbly head. The color is a hazy golden color. Streams of bubbles come from the bottom contributing to the light head left on top. The primary aroma of this beer is of unripe bananas with hints of other fruit. The taste is similar with the flavor of unripe bananas, but contained hints of malt and lemon. I felt there was a bit much carbonation in this beer. A good beer, but I was put off by the unripe banana character of this beer. I like bananas, but only when they're ripe.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color, with the aroma of fresh cut grass
cloudy orange / yellow in color. little head, almost no lacing.

The taste is a pleasent mix of clove and citrus, mixed with a slight banana flavor, Honeslty, the bananna flavor si there, as is w/ most hefe, but it is in no way dominant. that please belongs to clove/citrus presence.

All ina ll, a pleasent, aggreeable beer. While it is noting to knock you socks off w/, it can be an enjoable summer brew

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Photo of ski271
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at Penn Brewery with a fairly good lunch. It was served in a 22oz. weizen glasses. It is a cloudy light orangish-yellow with a large slightly off-white, mostly-diminishing head. Aroma was disturbed by the presence of a lemon wedge on the rim. I took the lemon off and wiped off the rim as best as I could, but still I found the aroma to be rather lemony. Not sure if any of that came from the beer or all from the wedge. I also caught a fairly strong clove aroma and a hint of banana over top of a mild doughy smell. The taste is also citrusy, more orange than lemon. The clove presence is still strong, along with pepper and a hint of apple more towards the finish. The finish is nice and clean, lingering but not as long in duration as I thought it would be. Instead, it was slightly astringent, ending it with a nice little zing. The mouthfeel was light and velvety, maybe a little too light for me but still very enjoyable. This is a very drinkable beer, and by Penn Brewery serving it with a lemon wedge, it made me think of how good it would be on a hot summer day... to bad it was February when I tried it, guess I’ll have to go back. I’m not a big fan of weizens, but this was one of the best American-made weizens I have had recently. I highly recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Served in a pint glass, this hefeweizen is a dirty yellowish brown color and has noticeable haze. The head initally came about an inch tall, and soon clumped and moved and finally broke into spitter spatter blotches that looked like mold growing on the surface of a liquid. I love it.

Smell: A murky scent of wheat and yeast, very unique. This isn't a dumbed down American hefe, this is a authentic recreation of the real thing.

Taste: This beer exhibits many flavors, the first and most obvious being the spice of cloves and a taste of pepper. The yeast takes credit for the nice fruitiness, light notes of lemon and banana rise and are beaten back by the twang of the spices. Very murky, very real, and I'm not sure it can be beat when had fresh off a tap. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and well rounded. Low to moderate carbonation, easy to sip. Quite refreshing when served cold.

Drinkability: Very very good, especially on tap. I wish I could get big old Weiss glasses of this. Unfortunately, I found it at a college bar which doesn't offer special glasses. Very tasty, very refreshing.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Another great beer from the Pennsylvania Brewing Company. While the majority of beers brewed in the Pittsburgh area are rather, well... shitty - most the Pennsylvania Brewing Company's beers shine above the rest, and this one is no exception. A very nice looking beer that pours a hazy, golden orange fog with with a creamy off-white head. The head dissapears quickly leaving a tiny bit of lacing. Smells of bananas, oranges, pepper and much more. A very pleasing smell indeed, and the flavor doesn't let you down. Tastes like it smells, with more hints of banana, citrus, fruits, and yeast. The mouthfeel for me is the only downside for this beer. It's not bad, but it needs more umph to it. But my god is this beer drinkable. I could chug it all hours of the day and still be quite happy with the taste. All in all, as said above, another great beer from a great brewery. Congrats Pennsylvania Breweing Company!! You've master the "American" hefe!!

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Photo of AaronRed
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was quite impressed with this beer. Potentially one of the finest Amercian made Hefe's. Wonderful presentation, with a nice high head. It has that nice clove, banna flavor, with a certian snap to it. I feel it is close to German quality. It doesn't have that tang to it- sorta of lets down in the middle. However, it is smooth and delicious, and certianly is one of easiest beers to put down.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is some damn murky it's almost got some brown in the mix of deep orange and yellow. Actually, it does have brown in the mix now that I look at it more. I like it. The head is eggshell white and gone quickly. Great nose of banana, vanilla, clove and pepper. Bavarian yeast properties are of note on the nose in a big way. The mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated and the body is full. Big doughy yeastiness on the palate. Phenolic character resides on the tongue after the swallow. Bubblegum esters, cracked pepper and lemon rind come into play as well. Pretty nice taste.

A little too much phenolic character and not quite enough of the banana esters keep this good hefe from getting a very good or exceptional rating.

Thanks for the nice quaffer marc77.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 7 from Beergeek279. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 2 1/2" of slightly off-white head over the cloudy straw brew. Head has tremendous staying power, taking quite some time to settle enough to drink, which is kind of cool. What lacing there is is big and chunky, although somewhat sparse. Aroma is classic hefe, yeasty and grainy, excellent. Taste is full of wheat, with citrus and other side flavors abounding. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good. Could see sessioning this easily.

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Photo of BierReise
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle No Date Pours a cloudy straw color with a thick head that melts away quickly. Aroma is great with lots of yeast, clove and banana like esthers. The flavor is also great and especially for an American Weizen. Lots of good wheat malt flavor with yeasty notes and a slight bitter dry finish. Slight aftertaste of yeast particals detracts a bit. Body is medium and crisp with good carbonation. Overall a great refreshing brew!

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Photo of marc77
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Turbid auric hue. Lofty, dogged, stiff beaten egg white like head. Coating lace remains. Clove is dominant in aroma, with secondary notes of ripe banana and acidic lemon. Lychee hints surface as the beer warms. Appetizing and spot on aromawise. In flavor, incipient is a grainy, slightly tart wash of wheat malt. Esters ensue promptly, with notes of underripe tangerine and zest lending a vibrant citric character. Banana, with a bubblegum twang is a constant, complementary undertone. Moderate in body, with a mouthfeel that could use a notch more girth. Rustic yeast, musty sourdough hints surfaces as the beer warms and / or with a yeast pour. Finishes mildly herbal with clove phenol and honey notes lingering softly on the palate. An outstanding, traditional hefeweizen that is amongst the best U.S. microbrewed versions I've had thus far. As good as many German examples. Delicious.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a hefe-weizen glass. It pours a cloudy medium yellow with three fingers of head that die down fairly quickly. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is classic hefe-weizen, with cloves and banana, some other fruits in there as well. The clove smell is a little more present than the banana. The taste also has a good dose of clove, a hint of banana, some hops, and a little bit of a peppery finish. Very flavorful and refreshing. The mouthfeel is pretty good for a hefe-weizen, nice and smooth. The drinkability is great too. What a nice summer beer.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, cloudy golden color with a moderate head.

S: Strong yeasty/wheaty aromas. There are definite notes of banana and a subtle spiciness.

T: Maltiness with a bit of a lemony undertone. Hops are there, but barely noticeable. Taste of the yeast is quite pleasant.

M: Medium bodied, not overly sharp or sweet. Carbonation is in very nice levels and the alcohol gives a nice warming feel.

D&N: A really good example of the style, and I love the fact that it's a Pittsburgh beer. Very tasty, very nice to drink and something I'd recommend to a friend.

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Photo of avylover
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out extra cloudy, even for a hefe, looking like grapefruit juice. Aroma is the typical banana/clove aroma for a hefe, very authentic. It's not so heavy on the clove aromas, which is a plus in my book. The taste is fairly clean and adds a slight lemon zing. Nothing overpowering at all, just tasty & clean. Nice full mouthfeel, not as watery as I would expect, and drinkability is top notch. No wierd aftertastes. Just a good, clean Hefe

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Photo of merlin48
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 12 oz brown bottle on New Years Eve, after overhearing a staffer at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va., discussing it with another customer. My bottle is a week past its "drink by" date, but here goes. Pours into a tall pilsner glass a very hazy yellow gold, with a few yeast particles floating around. No head, even though I poured it according to the style and the label directions. Looks like homebrew. Nose is grapefruit, and a basket of pumpkin pie spices. Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, basil.... and a tang of yeasty wheat. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, slightly yeasty, somewhat tart, a bit dry, and light bodied. Very interesting to the palate. Taste amazes. Vanilla, wheat, pumpkin pie spices(again), and a welcome wallop of nice tasting hops. The high carbonation rides all the way to the end, as do the hops. I can't recognize the kind of hops, but they're perfectly matched here to produce a very delicious and drinkable beer. Somebody in Pittsburgh, brewed up a fine batch with this one.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy golden colour with a nice white foamy head. Seems to be a bit carbonated as the bubbles continue to race to the top. Smells a bit sweet with the typical banana-clove scent of a German Hefe. Taste continues the olfactory sensations, with banana, clove, bubblegum and a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit crisp due to the carbonation. A very drinkable beer and probably the best American German Style Hefe I have had. Definately on my summer heavy rotation list

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Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is a cloudy copper, with a good white head. The smell is yeast and bananaish. The taste is very strong banana/clove, and it's also much sweeter than a lot of the other hefes. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated. As for drinkability, definitely could have quite a few of these.

Another fantastic beer from Penn Brewery. This hefeweizen may well be one of the best made in America. It's truly an honor to have a beer this good made so close to here, and I certainly will be drinking Penn Weizen in the future.

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Photo of pio
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

not a very sustained white head over a cloudy orange volume that has a golden glow to it. very wheaty and light earthy scent of malt, grain and the buttery golden scent of those hops. a nice spice to the scent. a strangely balanced flavor but pretty well balanced just the same. it's a hearty beer and it's pretty thick for the style, i wonder if the bus has had alot of these or if jerome drinks macros and henessey and diet pepsi...i digress...an herbal and vanilla over wheat and having a crisp finish. a somewhat sweet after palate reveals a sort of small flaw in my book...maybe having to do with what i feel to be an inconsistant (bubbly and crisp then a little dulling towards the end of the beer) mouthfeel. a very drinkable brew just the same, a summertime staple for me. thanks for reading my review.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one of the most carbonated wheat beers in the world..citrus clove and bubble gum are evident in the nose and the taste.. Very foamy it takes your breath away before you drink it and has a smooth flavor that is only affected by the full carbonation which leaves the drinkability factor lower.. well made german style Weizen.

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Penn Weizen from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 378 ratings.
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